This Track of the Week very nearly didn't happen. As you'll have seen from this Guillemots live review it's been Tramlines Festival in Sheffield this weekend. And I've not stopped. With a combination of no time and far too much excellent live music to assimilate (there's a full review of the weekend forthcoming) I really didn't know what to give the Track of the Week to.
Then it occurred to me that Standard Fare haven't had a song in this slot yet, and seeing as they closed the festival for me with a triumphant gig at the Redhouse it's only really right that it goes to them.
Released as the first song a split 7" with One Happy Island on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation earlier in the year, 'Kudzu Girlfriend' was one of the many highlights in Standard Fare's set, and the reason that I've selected it as Track of the Week (other than it being released this calendar year) is that it's an excellent showcase of the musical talents of the band.
I mentioned in the review of Standard Fare live back in February (when again they were at the Redhouse) that the band are extraordinarily good at playing their instruments and seeing bassist/singer Emma playing this still blew me away. It's this combination of skill and heart, of which all of Standard Fare's songs - covers or not - are overflowing with that makes the band such a wonderful proposition.
A real Tramlines highlight.
Plus you should hear them play Queen...
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